09 October 2008

[sobat-hutan] Indonesia disputes Guinness forest report as 'slanderous'

Refleksi: Rahmat Witoelar menyatakan apa yang ditulis di Guines WR adalah "slanderous", berarti menurut beliau apa yang diberitakan adalah tidak benar, jadi tidak ada kerusakan hutan yang luar biasa besarnya hebatnya di Indonesia.  Dengan tenang bisa dibilang bahwa Witoelar berusaha menipu pendapat rakyat dengan pernyataannya yang demikian atau karena sekarang dengan  perkembangan kecanggihan ilmu dan alat,  orang mudah dapat melihat dan mengkikuti  kerusakan hutan di Inonedia.  Bagi yang berlajar geografi tentu saja  tahu apa itu "remote sensing",  yaitu bisa dilakukan observasi perubahan di bumi dengan kapal terbang atau satelit. Jadi mengenai kerusakan hutan bukan lagi rahasia hokus pokus zaman bahula,,  karena dengan observasi  secara berkala dapat dilihat dan diperhitungkan berapa besar lebar kerusakan hutan per bulan atau per tahun.  Gambar-gambar remote sensing secara berkala  bisa dipesan dari instansi atau badan yang mempunyai satelit untuk itu seperti Nasa, X-Range etc.
 
Bagi  yang tidak sekolah  ilmu canggih atau amatir pun juga  tidak ketinggalan  zaman untuk dengan mudah mengetahui kerusakan hutan didekatnya atau ditempat lain di Indonesia. Caranya ialah dengan memakai "Google Earth" yang ada di internet. Dengan jelas bisa dilihat bahagian-bagai tanah yang gundul dan erosi tanah,  antaralain seperti Sumatera  terutama di propinsi Riau, Kalimatan, Maluku Utara, Seram Barat,  Etc. Bukan itu saja tetapi juga bisa melihat lumpur lapinda di Sidoarjo dari udara.
 


Indonesia disputes Guinness forest report as 'slanderous'
Posted : Tue, 07 Oct 2008 04:54:21 GMT
Author : DPA
Category : Asia (World)


Jakarta - Indonesia's environment minister called a Guinness World Records report "slanderous" for marking the nation's deforestation rate as the world's highest and claimed it used obsolete data, a media report said Tuesday. The Jakarta Post reported that Indonesia has entered the Guinness Book for the second consecutive year as the nation with the highest rate of deforestation, with its forests clearing at the rate of about 52 square kilometres per day, or 300 football fields each hour.

The Post cited the 2009 Guinness World Records released in September as saying the deforestation rate was 1.8 million hectares per year between 2000 and 2005.

State Minister for Environment Rachmat Witoelar was quoted as calling the report slanderous and claiming it used outdated figures on Indonesia's forests.
"I am very disturbed by the report because references it used were not valid," Witoelar was quoted as saying. He claimed the country's deforestation rate had been curbed to just 1.08 million hectares per year during the five years since 2000.

Guinness based its criteria on data from groups such as global environment watchdog Greenpeace.

Witoelar also said the government had taken several steps to protect forests as part of its contribution to the global reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
"We protect our forests, many provinces and regencies have also launched a logging moratorium to protect their forests. They are also eyeing profits from REDD," he said, referring to the reduction of emissions from forest deforestation and degradation scheme.

REDD was adopted at the Bali conference on climate change December last year as a mechanism to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
The Post quoted the forestry ministry's data as showing that the deforestation rate was a steady 1.8 million hectares annually between 1987 and 1997.
It then spiked the rate to 2.8 million hectares per year until 2000, due mainly to severe forest fires, but the rate fell to 1.08 million hectares per year the next six years.
In July, Indonesia also lodged a protest against Yale University for its environmental performance index report, which ranked it among the least environmentally friendly countries. The report, published in Newsweek's July 7-14 edition, ranked Indonesia 102nd out of 149 nations.

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